@lasso tabasco I am torn between destroying my juvenalia to prevent it from tarnishing the reputation for innate perfection and effortless brilliance that I will have obtained, somehow, as a successful writer, somehow (oh man it would tarnish it so hard), and keeping it out of respect for my biographers and the historical record.
@Cat named Virtute Yeah it's a tired argument and I feel like it's motivated more by a desire to seem righteous and revolutionary than by any real consideration of the industry. Also: what counts as dumbed down? And what doesn't? What are these democratically appealing T.V. shows and songs that nonetheless have the sort of artistry or complexity that merits his approval? It's like when hipsters get so proud of themselves for unironically liking Christian Aguilera or whatever; not that interesting, not really a point of view.
First off, "She believed them to be monogamous, but for Geoffrey it was a different story" is a bullshit way to say "Geoffrey, a dirtbag, was cheating on his girlfriend." Second, the worst time I forgot to hide something was when I had a motivational screen saver of people I was jealous of or had crushes on, etc., and my mom came over to visit, and I left it on, and she was like "isn't that that [smart, attractive] guy from your high school [five years ago][who you barely knew but I know his mom]?" and I was like "NO!" and dove towards my computer, and now (four years later) she still mentions him to me all the time in this fake off-hand way even though we're pretending like she never saw the screen saver.
@coolallison Yep. There was just a discussion on a listserv I'm on where people in my profession were like "I usually take 3 hours to do [thing that I've been taking like five days to do, albeit as a newb]. o_o; My boss is (unintentionally) stealthy and I'm bad about clicking away from things without it being all obvious, sigh.
@phipsi Yeah I've had to time it out (fifty minutes on, ten off), which I think helps because I know I have a break coming up.
I've been worried lately about how much I slack off at work. I got into a bad habit at my old job because I literally had no work to do, but now I'm at my new job and I've already become so bad about it. I've been better the past few days about working more, giving myself little breaks at regular intervals. I hope my scary new boss's boss's boss who has no idea I exist won't fire me now. And my boss won't become disillusioned with me and regret her earlier enthusiasm. But god, the thought of being bored for most of my day for the rest of my life practically.
I almost can't take this in. Like, is it possible this is a real human talking and not a robot programmed with certain female-identifiors that glitches when there's an inconsistency? REALLY? How could you conceivably have such a flat, stereotyped view of an entire gender? He really doesn't seem to see women as people. I can't imagine him ever thinking a parallel thing about men. "You see, one day I met a man who like sports, but NOT GRILLING. It really changed my whole worldview."
Stephen Holder *fans self*. Trust Linden to get it on with a wholly unsexy serial killer instead of making out with hotpants Holder.
On Lionel Shriver on obesity and the surplus of attractive characters in fiction: "The solution is to get a grip and put human beauty in perspective"
@iceberg I used to have a really pretty friend (I am average and frowny looking). We had the same job, and once I stayed after my shift into the beginning of hers talking. Someone came up to the desk and asked her something, making all kinds of eye contact and smiling and thanking her profusely for whatever simple answer she gave, and smiling some more, and not so much as glancing to the side where I was standing, and I was like "Jesus! So that's what it's like to be you."
@amirite You must listen to David Sedaris reading Me Talk Pretty One Day. I listened to it at work once and was just walking around laughing like an idiot at (as far as anyone could tell) nothing. Also good because it doesn't suffer for being read in fits and starts. Bill Bryson also has good audiobooks. I love the Agatha Raisin mysteries by M.C. Beaton on audiobook; they're "British cozies" with a funny/stupid protagonist. I think popular science is a good audiobook subject too--Malcolm Gladwell type things. I listened to The Family That Couldn't Sleep (which I downloaded from the library when I couldn't sleep) recently, and that was absorbing.